For years, Art Deco and Mid-century Modern styles have been go-to favorites for interior design. But for some reason, lighting has not followed the same trends. It has been hard to come across fixtures set in these nostalgic early century styles. But that is changing with more and more Mid-century and Art Deco designs filling the market. The popular sputnik chandelier comes to mind when talking about Mid-century modern with its clean lines and pared down form. Art Deco and Mid-century Modern form a continuous line from the 1920s to 1970s. They both emphasize clean lines, unique designs and a balance of form and art. Art Deco lighting focuses on sharp lines and attractive geometric designs. With Mid-century modern lighting, you will notice a love for natural shapes that combine functional form and aesthetics.
How to use larger fixtures: Using larger fixtures requires a lot of care. For best results, use it in a central area where it can create the maximum effect. You can balance it with smaller fixtures around the room to create a nice overall look.
Are the windows in your home shrouded in dark heavy draperies? Are window blinds hiding a beautiful view that home buyers might miss seeing?
Bryan Sebring 2018-01-03T14:10:19+00:00 Categories: Design Trends, Home Remodeling|Tags: Designer Trends, Led Lighting, Lighting|6 Comments
Warm light – Warm light has a yellowish tinge and creates a comfortable or intimate setting. Use this type of light in rooms where socializing will occur.
Cool light – Cool light is not the most flattering color for complexions; it has a blueish tinge and can make people look tired and wan. Cool light should be used in a room that you want to be restful, like a bedroom.
Track lighting – Track lighting is a series of light fixtures attached to a track. They’re available in a variety of styles and lengths, and the bulbs can be directed toward the particular area you want to focus on.
Adding clip-on shades is a solution for some styles that’ll help direct light downward. Select shades in a light neutral colors if you are home staging.
One example is rope lighting, which is often strung inside a built-in ledge around the top of a room for ambiance.
Task lighting under kitchen cabinets and over the sink and stove will make kitchen chores easier and more pleasant to perform.
Your goal is to let in as much natural light as possible. Pull back draperies, wash windows until they sparkle, remove screens and open the blinds.
Some rooms are multi-functional and the right fixtures for each zone should be planned. In addition to function, the light fixtures you choose should be decorative as well, enhancing the style of your home.
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The combination of ambient and task lighting creates a functional kitchen work space
Torcheres – A torcheres is a floor lamp that focuses light toward the ceiling. Torchere lamps bounce light off the ceiling and back down into the room. They work best in pairs to balance light and add symmetry to a room.
Cove lighting – Cove lighting is ideal for showcasing deep moldings or other interesting details on your ceiling. Cove lighting is built into the recesses, ledges, and valences in a ceiling. Or it can be placed high up on walls.
For the most effective interior lighting scheme, you should have a combination of three types of illumination. Lighting designers call this “layering.”
Interior lighting is a central aspect of your home’s design. You can manipulate your home’s atmosphere just by how you position the lighting and the kind of fixtures you use. Lighting design also changes from room to room. What works in the living room will not necessarily work in the kitchen or the bedroom. The lighting has to reflect the functions and feel of each space. Like any other part of interior décor, lighting design keeps changing. Technology is one reason for these changes. As manufacturers come up with advanced fixtures and bulbs, homeowners incorporate them into their homes. Tastes and preferences also change with generations. That is why we have vintage lighting, Art Deco, Mid-century Modern and so on. While 2018 will not bring any radical changes in lighting design, there are several notable trends every homeowner should take note of.
Windowless bathrooms would benefit from the addition of a skylight to let natural light in.
Hallway and stairs – Adequate lighting is needed in these areas for safety reasons. Stairs are ideal areas for wall sconces. Recessed and wall sconce lighting work well in dark hallways. Be sure that wall sconces are high enough that you don’t bump into them as you pass through.
Ambient lighting allows people to move around a space safely and comfortably in the dark. The amount of ambient light you need depends on what kind of mood you are trying to create and the style of the room. Interior lighting should always compliment your home design.
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Natural light – Is a good mood enhancer, helpful in creating positive energy and activity. Natural light will also give you more pep and ease depression.
Each room in your home will have different lighting needs. When selecting fixtures for your rooms, you will need to assess the size of each room, the function, and how much natural light is coming in.
More home staging lighting ideas Plenty of natural and artificial light are key elements for opening up space in small spaces. Open the drapes or curtains to allow as much natural light as possible to flow into each room.
Natural lighting is really important, as well. If you are home staging, you’ll want to flood your home with as much natural light as possible, by opening (or removing!) window treatments in every room. Buyers respond positively to a well-lit house, and a good balance of natural and interior lighting will add value to your home, meaning more money in your pocket.
Basement – Basements are typically dark and gloomy because of small windows. Although ambient lighting is beneficial, natural light is simply the best form of light in a basement. If you have puny windows, you might consider enlarging them to bring in more natural light.
The downside of wall sconces; They can highlight any flaws you may have on a wall.
Chandeliers are typically seen in a dining room or foyer, but these days, are showing up as a decorative focal point in any room. Chandeliers are now in bathrooms, bedrooms, over kitchen islands, and even laundry rooms. Crystal chandeliers will effectively add drama and sparkle anywhere in your home interior design.
Home buyers are very savvy and sophisticated in their taste these days, and a house filled with out-dated fixtures may cause them to rethink your home. Installing modern lighting fixtures is one of the most cost effective facelifts you can give your home.
Pendants are usually hung in pairs and are available in a multitude of attractive colors, materials and styles.
You often see sconces hung in pairs, for example, one on each side of a fireplace, bed or piece of hanging artwork. They’re useful in illuminating dark hallways, entryways and adding symmetry to a room. Wall sconce lighting can be decorative as well as functional.
A track, pendants, even a chandelier, will work well over a kitchen island, adding brightness, beauty and style.
You can also find accent lights highlighting a spectacular cove ceiling, collections, bookcases or trees and shrubbery outside. Accent lights can also be used to add drama and create atmosphere in a room.
When you’re preparing your home for the real estate market, you should focus attention on the window treatments in each room.
Front entry or Foyer – This is your chance to impress buyers as they enter your home! Depending on the size of your foyer and height of the ceiling, this area is an excellent candidate for hanging a dramatic lighting fixture that will serve as a beautiful focal point. The foyer should be bright, warm, and welcoming for visitors.
There is such a thing as TOO MUCH LIGHT! If you have floor to ceiling south-facing windows that let in too much midday heat, you should cover them with shades or blinds so home buyers feel comfortable in your home at any time of the day.
When showing your house to prospective buyers, turn on every single light to brighten your home.To minimize glare, swap out clear bulbs with frosted ones.Every average-sized room should have a least three light sources.
Mirrors are a wonderful designing tool for bouncing and reflecting light around a room. Place a mirror where it reflects an outdoor view or a lovely lighting fixture. Mirrors will add extra dimension and the feeling of spaciousness as well.
Use bulbs of the same color in a room to avoid color inconsistencies of your floor, furniture, and accessories. Use up-lights (torcheres) to create drama on the ceiling.Aim accent lights toward focal points, objects, or interesting architectural features that you would like to emphasize.
Remove heavy and dark window treatments to bring more natural light into a room.Watch out for “black holes” in a room due to scanty lighting in that part of the room. Dark unlit corners of any space can make a room feel smaller.
It can be often be confusing choosing the right lampshade for a lamp base. For tips on selecting lampshades, go to www.lampsusa.com.For information on selecting the right kind of lightbulbs for your fixtures, go to www.
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The light fixture in the picture above is a perfect example of what NOT to do!! This is what I found waiting for me in my last home. It’s so funny, I just had to share it!
The formula for a shadow-free reflection in the mirror is to combine overhead lighting and a fixture on each side of the mirror.
Task lighting is a focused light directed toward a specific spot in a room to help with reading or working.
The downside…recessed fixtures are expensive to install, often requiring demolition and replastering. Talk to a lighting expert before you start putting holes in your ceiling.
The downside; if your ceilings are in bad shape, a torchere lamp will emphasize every flaw!
Bathroom – This is a busy room where lighting must function well. In small bathrooms, a single overhead fixture may provide ample lighting, but typically, you want to avoid having one glaring lightbulb.
Chandelier lighting – Gone are the days of the ostentatious, greatly embellished, and chronically dusty chandeliers! Todays’ modern chandeliers have a fresh new look that will fit in almost any interior home decor.
Bedroom – Bedrooms should have bedside task lighting for reading and enough ambient light for getting dressed.
Recessed lighting fixtures – This form of contemporary lighting is a good choice for low ceilings. Because the fixtures are recessed into the ceiling, they aren’t taking up space by protruding into the room. This makes a ceiling seem higher!
Industrial has always been about rustic finishes, neutral colors and an emphasis on metal. We are seeing retro making a comeback but in a different way. If you look at modern industrial lighting, there are some stark differences to what you know as traditional industrial. The word we would use is ‘’upgraded industrial’’ or just modern retro. Unlike the warehouse-like styles that are common with industrial style, we are seeing sleeker metals–richer and more varied tones and alternative designs. Shop around and you will find retro fixtures with finer details that look more like a form of art. If you were hesitant about introducing some industrial aspects to your home, the new modern look should help.
How to use them: Art Deco is an artful lighting style. Overhead Art Deco fixtures are especially good at adding strong geometric designs to a space. The 2018 Mid-century lighting trend falls more towards fun and laid back. Use it to add an informal slightly artful feel to a space. Unlike years ago, it is not as hard to find Art Deco and Mid-century modern fixtures today. Check your local store or online shops for a variety of the best pieces.
Table lamps – Table lamps are the most common form of task lighting– everyone has at least one. They provide light for reading, sewing, etc., and are a necessity next to every bed.They are also very decorative and serve as accent pieces throughout the house, making them a functional accessory.
Picture lighting fixtures – Picture lighting fixtures are used to accent artwork. They’re typically attached to the top of a picture frame or above the artwork to highlight the subject.
Natural light makes everyone feel good by infusing a room with sunny warmth and a feeling of spaciousness. It has the effect of making small spaces appear larger too.
Track lighting fixtures are commonly seen in kitchens over an island, in workplaces, or above artwork. This form of lighting can serve as ambient lighting as well, works in every room of the house, and with most interior design styles.
Lately, there has been a spike in the popularity of soft colors. Homeowners have fallen in love with colors such as grey and greige (grey plus beige). Soft gold falls right within this spectrum of soft colors that work so well for contemporary decors to choose for your remodel. Soft gold falls somewhere in the middle of brushed silver and brushed gold. It borrows the soft matte finish of these two hues while bringing out the warmth and mellowness of gold. This also means that it can blend in with almost any kind of décor from modern urban to farmhouse.
Task lighting should be strong enough (but not blinding!) for people to work efficiently without straining their eyes. You will find examples of task lighting in kitchens in the form of under cabinet lighting, pendants over kitchen islands, and reading lamps next to beds, chairs, and desks.
One glaring overhead light fixture can dominate a room, drawing the eye to that one spot. Apply more than one source of light to keep the eye from fixating.For small bedrooms, mount wall sconce lighting fixtures on the wall on each side of the bed.
The most practical task lighting fixtures for reading in bed are swing-arm wall lights.Another option for a small bedroom is to hang a pendent lighting fixture from the ceiling on each side of the bed.
Be sure to hang them low enough that you can turn them off while lying in bed.Home buyers love recessed lighting! Recessed lighting is the answer for low ceilings and small spaces, because they are, well…recessed into the ceiling.
Kitchen – Overhead lighting works well for overall or ambient lighting in the kitchen, but task lighting should be added to make the kitchen safe and bright enough for food preparation.
Ambient lighting is a general, evenly distributed source of light that brightens up an entire room. Examples of ambient light are; natural light, ceiling fixtures, floor and table lamps, and indirect recessed or cove lighting.
Do not feel any pressure to choose a specific style. The best lighting design is one that you will love and which will work best in your home. The above trends are meant to give you an idea of what you can do with your home lighting in the coming year whether you are renovating or building a new home.
Currently, the major downside to LED lighting is cost. While they will save you some money in the long run, the purchase cost is quite high compared to other lighting options. Most homeowners can only afford to replace one lighting fixture at a time. The cost of LEDs should become lower in 2018 and beyond as the technology gets better and adoption of LED lighting goes up. Soon, homeowners might just be able to change over to LED all at once.
Natural light is the most preferred form of lighting in home interior design.
Install at least one lighting fixture, or stick a few affordable battery-operated puck lights inside for illumination. You can find inexpensive “stick on” puck lights at any home supply center.
The retro look keeps nudging–we have another upcoming style for you. Vintage Edison-style bulbs add to the 2018 retro lighting trend with homeowners loving the nostalgic design of these fixtures. The rounded cone shape makes the bulbs especially homey and perfect for areas like the living area and kitchen. Even better, you can get Edison-style bulbs in modern LED lighting. Get the LED variations if you want a fixture that will last longer and consume less power. But if you want the authentic retro experience, there are incandescent Edison bulbs still available in the market. The advantage of the incandescent variations is that they are cheap. You can get a single bulb for less than $3.
Soft lighting – Low soft light in warm colors will camouflage flaws and details and create an intimate atmosphere. Used in the wrong setting, soft lighting can make a room bleak and depressing.
Wall sconce lighting – Sconces, as pictured right, are subtle, elegant fixtures attached to a wall. They can focus light upward, down, or both directions at once.
If you have a spectacular window with a great view, as in the picture to the right, leave it bare of window treatments. Allowing maximum natural light in will make the space seem more open by extending the room into the outdoors.
Cove lighting focuses light upward, towards the ceiling, and down the walls. It is typically used to highlight decorative details of the ceiling, but may be used as the main lighting of a room, as well.
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Accent lighting is also used over or under shelves, behind artwork, or even below it, like a spotlight shining on a statue.
The purpose of accent lighting is to draw attention to a certain area or detail, such as a piece of artwork on a wall.
Because chandeliers are more about ambience, they don’t offer very good overhead lighting, due to the fact that most of them direct their light upward instead of down.
Lights in the shower and/or bathtub are a luxury, and not always needed if the overall bathroom lighting is sufficient.
Floor lamps work well next to chairs, behind sofas and are available in a multitude of styles to fit any home decor.
How to use it: Vintage Edison bulbs are best used in enhancing a retro/industrial style. They can help add some warmth and soft beauty to industrial elements. For maximum effect, get a system of lights rather than single bulbs. For instance, a chandelier made with Edison-style bulbs or a row of connected Edison lights above your kitchen work area. These lights are a great place to start if you are looking for a soft introduction to the retro style. They are not extreme industrial, have a certain comfy feel to them and you can find plenty of updated designs in the market. Take a look at our design portfolio for other styles to consider for your remodeling project.
Dimmer switches give you the flexibility to create a variety of moods for your different needs. Light dimmers in a dining room can create an intimate atmosphere; in a family or media room, you will be able to make a snack run without stumbling in the dark.
Pendant lighting – Pendant lights are fixtures that hang in a straight line from the ceiling on a chain, a metal rod, or cord. They are most often seen above kitchen islands, bathrooms, on each side of a bed, and sometimes in a corner nook over a favorite reading chair.
This light fixture wasn’t ugly enough…it needed that special touch of mismatched lightbulbs to make it just right…
How to use it: Use modern retro lighting to create a unique twist to an area. These lighting designs are popular for places like the kitchen work area, above the dining area or as wall lighting. You can even use the fixture itself as a piece of art on the wall or the centerpiece of your home. Do not be afraid of industrial. It is no longer the brutal, “unfinished” style that belongs to a niche of retro punk fans. With its updated look, it fits perfectly in any 21st century décor.
Modern décor is based mostly on clean forms. Whether it is a modern couch, a modern kitchen or modern lighting, excessive ornamentation is losing favor. Older lighting fixtures often feature ornate metalwork. But in a modern home, the complex designs may not blend so well in a clean styled space. So today, homeowners are opting for simpler and cleaner lighting designs that fit in perfectly among modern decors. The minimalism trend will become even more popular in 2018 as more low-profile fixtures enter the market. These fixtures focus on simple geometric designs, neutral soft colors and a prominence of form over extravagant aesthetics.
There are three major functions in any room as described below:
Floor lamps – Floor, or standing lamps, are designed for task lighting. They shine their light down or sideways toward a certain area.
Use see-through light fixtures in small rooms to extend the space
I live in Alaska where the winters are long, cold, and dark. Many of us suffer from “cabin fever” until March. As spring nears (with more daylight) we feel a renewed energy.
How to use it: You can work modern clean lighting into any space in your home whether it is the living area, kitchen or bedroom. It works best as a statement piece, especially when used overhead, creating a simple yet bold look. Let the lighting fixture stand on its own without being crowded by other fixtures. It really pops when used as a reading lamp, overhead light or accent piece.
Incandescent bulbs are very wasteful. Most of the power is wasted in the form of heat. This is why there has been a big push to change over to other more efficient and environmentally friendly forms of lighting. More and more homeowners are changing over to LED lighting for it’s money and power saving properties, which is far more efficient and lasts for much longer than incandescent bulbs. Another advantage of LED lighting is the variety of styles available. You can get LED lamps in multiple colors, brightness, shapes and so on. They are a great choice when you need a unique design for your home.
Track lighting fixtures with the clunky “big can” attachments are really outdated, so you may want to replace them with smaller halogen spots, especially if you’re trying to make a home sale. This will save energy as well.
Interior lighting is often an afterthought during the building or renovation of a home. It doesn’t matter if you have the most beautiful home design, if the lighting is insufficient, your home will never reach it’s full potential.
If you are preparing to sell your home, this is a good time to take a look at the interior lighting fixtures throughout the house.
Living room – This room requires enough overall ambient lighting to make it comfortable on the eyes. Typically, the living room is a multi-task area that requires task lighting for activities like reading, and accent lighting to call attention to artwork and other focal points.
Recessed lighting, also known as “pot or can lighting”, is suitable for almost every style of home decor, and lends a clean, contemporary look to your home. If you have the old clunky floodlight style of recessed lighting, consider replacing them with smaller halogen style, which looks much more sophisticated and subtle.
For certain areas of the house, homeowners are falling in love with bigger fixtures. The aim is to create a “Wow” factor and attract instant attention. More than lighting, these fixtures act as centerpieces. Some come with ornate designs that focus all the attention in a space on the fixture. Large pendant lighting fixtures can be used over the kitchen island, over the dining table, at the foyer and along exterior footpaths among other areas.
Closet – Closets shouldn’t be cavities of darkness– they should be well-lit so you don’t find yourself wearing mismatched shoes when you get to work.
Torcheres function well in rooms that lack overhead lighting. A torcheres will create shadows in the room which can be brightened by using other forms of lighting, such as a table lamp.
How to use it: Soft gold lighting fixtures come in a variety of styles and designs. For overhead lighting, look for fixtures that accentuate the gold. You can also check for fixtures that complement the soft gold with other soft colors like grey or matte silver. Use soft gold lighting to attract attention to specific corners or areas of your living room. A great idea is a soft gold reading lamp illuminating the reading chair and shelf at the corner. 2018 gold lighting falls more on the soft side with bright brassy gold fixtures still not being very popular, perhaps because it reminds you of grandma’s house. Soft gold will be around for quite a while.
When planning the interior lighting for your home, you should first consider the purpose of each room. Think about function, form, balance, and the atmosphere you wish to create.
Dining room – This is the obvious choice for a “showstopping” light fixture. If the fixture is off-center in the room, swag the chain over with a cup hook to put it in the right place. See staging the dining room. A beautiful chandelier will make your table settings sparkle and gleam, and serve as a focal point in your dining area.